Green light for the 740-metre network: Freight rail bosses happy

03

Jan

2018

Green light for the 740-metre network: Freight rail bosses happy

Federal Transport Ministry increases priority on upgrade projects for freight trains
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The disaster at Rastatt make extensive electrification necessary

28

Aug

2017

Fall-back plan needed after Rastatt disaster

Network electrification: Pro-Rail Alliance calls for a target of 70 percent
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Gigaliners are dangerous, harm the environment, are expensive for taxpayers – and are unlawful under EU regulations. Federal transport minister Dobrindt’s go-it-alone decision is being challenged in court. Lawyer Professor Remo Klinger explains the details of the legal case.

05

Apr

2017

Longer vehicles to be challenged in court

Allowing Gigaliners in Germany contrary to EU law / Pro-Rail Alliance, BUND and DUH taking case to court in Berlin
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Market share: rail freight transport is a big worry for politicians: halving track access charges a sensible idea

17

Feb

2017

Statistics: rail freight transport’s market share declines

Rail freight is a big worry for politicians: halving access charges a sensible idea
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Mega truck at the cross roads, an everyday occurrence in Sweden. German transport minister Dobrindt wants to force through the unrestricted use of the 25-metre vehicles in Germany. The trials of the so-called Gigaliners ended with a sobering conclusion.

15

Dec

2016

Final report on trials of longer HGVs: “sobering”

Highway Research Institute reckons on HGV price dumping of 26 percent
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After five years of road trials of longer HGVs, transport minister Dobrindt is intending to allow the unrestricted use of the 25 metre vehicles. Car drivers will have to get used to the seeing the very long vehicle on the inside lane.

05

Dec

2016

Pro-Rail Alliance warns on unpublished Gigaliner report

Minister wants to allow longer HGVs; ministry keeps trial conclusions secret
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A freight train being retrofitted with low-noise brakes. This costs the owners of freight wagons money and they are therefore expecting the legislation to completely exclude noisy goods wagons. However, the EU is refusing to allow a complete ban on noisy freight wagons.

15

Nov

2016

Important legislation on banning noisy freight wagons from 2020

Rail sector criticises concessions to the EU that will disrupt operations
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The five-year road trials of longer HGVs will conclude in December. Dobrindt is already planning the next step: cross-border journeys. These are banned under EU legislation. They are also not very sensible.

31

Oct

2016

Pro-Rail Alliance: "floodgates will be opened for longer vehicles"

Transport minister Dobrindt working on cross-border journeys of Gigaliners
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A freight terminal: Longer freight trains will accelerate modal shift from the roads.

07

Oct

2016

State transport ministers support 740 meter freight train

German rail network means short trains – rail bosses call for EU standard of 740 meters
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A freight train with a standard length of 740 metres replaces 52 HGVs. The Federal Environment Agency now supports rail freight bosses. The regional transport ministers will also debate the advantages of 740 metre trains at their summit in Stuttgart.

05

Oct

2016

Environment Agency supports 740 metre freight trains

Transport minister summit adds rail freight bosses’ demands to the agenda
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Replaces 52 HGVs: the 740 metre freight train is climate-friendly and efficient

02

Sep

2016

Overview: 740 metre freight train

Why we need to upgrade the rail network for longer freight trains
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The 740 metre train rail network. One standard-length, 740 metre freight train replaces 52 HGVs on the roads. Politicians of all parties recognise the advantages, but bottlenecks on the network mean trains are limited to shorter lengths.

01

Sep

2016

Cross-party support for 740 metre train rail network

Minister Dobrindt must act / freight rail bosses call for 740 metre standard length
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More economic and environmentally friendly: longer freight trains offer great potential

30

Aug

2016

Rail freight bosses demand upgrades for longer freight trains

Longer freight trains: German rail network still not compatible with 740 metre standard length
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19

Jul

2016

Government abandons freight modal shift targets

Sustainability: draft lacks ambition / Pro-Rail Alliance, NABU and NEE disappointed
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  • Environment

13

Jul

2016

Poll: 72 percent of Germans opposed to longer vehicles

Huge rejection of Gigaliners after five years of trials in Germany
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Press Releases

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